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The American Dental Association recommends flossing your teeth immediately after brushing. This helps to remove food particles and plaque before they can harden into tartar, which is the most common cause of gum disease.

If you’ve had trouble in the past with working the floss between your teeth, you might want to try to use a waxed variety. The waxy coating helps you work the floss in easily without risk of injuring your gums.

Cut off an 18-inch piece of floss and wrap the excess around your middle fingers. Use a firm grip to hold the floss as you work it between your teeth and turn it into a U shape. Be sure to floss between and around each tooth as well as into the gum line and behind your back teeth.

After you are done flossing you can rinse your mouth vigorously with antiseptic mouthwash to help wash away loose food particles and freshen your breath.

If you have questions about your flossing technique, please feel free to call us at 818-558-4332 or ask the hygienist at your next appointment. We look forward to seeing you!